Bangsamoro Region

Gov’t forces, ex-MILF men uproot marijuana plants in Maguindanao

MARIJUANA HAUL. Personnel from the local police, military and former members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front document the more than a thousand hills of marijuana plants seized during a joint law enforcement operation in Barangay Dungguan, Datu Montawal, Maguindanao on Monday (Jan. 6, 2020). Only last month, authorities also uprooted some 500 marijuana plants at another hidden plantation in the municipality. (Photo courtesy of Jess M. Alli – DXMY Cotabato)

COTABATO CITY — Government forces and former members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) joined hands in raiding a marijuana plantation and successfully uprooted 1,000 marijuana plants in Datu Montawal, Maguindanao on Monday.

Capt. Razul Pandulo, police chief of Datu Montawal town, said members of the Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion (7IB), the local police and former MILF members conducted the raid in Barangay Dungguan that resulted in the recovery of at least 1,000 hills (seeds or plants planted in a group) of marijuana plants.

However, Pandulo said the cultivator or the owner of the prohibited plants was not around during the midday raid.

A portion of the marijuana haul was torched in the area while the remaining portion was turned over to PDEA for proper disposition, he said.

“We appreciate the efforts of local officials who helped authorities locate the plantation,” he said.

2Lt. Jomar Binay-an, 7IB officer, said the Army is always prepared to provide manpower and resources in all law enforcement in Datu Montawal and nearby areas.

Pandulo said Hadji Abdulla Hamza of the MILF’s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces was also instrumental in the successful operation also participated in by operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

Last month, a joint team of police and military personnel also seized some 500 marijuana plants in another village in Datu Montawal. (PNA)

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